Dec 31, 2013; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) handles the ball while being defended by Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum (88) during the fourth quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Injury Update: Nicolas Batum Questionable Against OKC


 

Portland Trail Blazers small forward Nicolas Batum is questionable to play tonight against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The fractured middle finger on his left hand took a blow in last night’s loss to the Houston Rockets, and the subsequent swelling broke his protective splint. Batum is unable to play without the splint, and even a new one does not guarantee his participation in OKC. A precautionary x-ray revealed that his finger sustained no further damage, though he remarked that it felt very sore and that it was equivalent to the pain of the initial break two weeks ago.

 

Chris Haynes of CSNNW spoke to Nicolas Batum after the game in Houston.

 

Portland Trail Blazers Digital Reporter Casey Holdahl chronicled the aftermath via twitter.

 

 

 

 

Batum first suffered the fracture on January 4th when his finger got tangled in the jersey of Philadelphia 76ers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams. Batum was to wear a finger splint 24/7 for six weeks following the injury. There has been no word regarding how this recent agitation will affect that timetable, or if it will at all. However; his status to take on the Thunder remains up in the air.

If Nicolas Batum is unable to go, we will likely see a return to rotation for Dorell Wright, who has only played in one of the Trail Blazers’ last six games. Talk about out of the frying pan into the fire. Garbage minutes up 40 points in Dallas is of comparable difficulty to guarding the league scoring leader Kevin Durant, right? Right?! At any rate, we will know more about Nicolas Batum’s status as the game approaches. Hopefully he will be able to suit up.

 

 

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